***This post was originally written in 2011, however we feel best to remember these lessons all the time! It is amazing that 9/11 happened 10 years ago. Our world is a different place now. War is a normal reality. Awareness of terrorism is heightened. The world still grieves the tragedy of it all.
This week each of us at Imagine Hope will share about experiences, life perspectives, and changes we have had since that day.
I never realized how much I took advantage of the feeling of “safety”. Growing up I felt the freedom and safety to ride bikes unchaperoned with my friends, to roam the neighborhood, and to trust most people around me. After 9/11, I have been more aware that safety is something that is fought for. I realize the extent that our military and law enforcement agencies go to that most are typically oblivious to. My appreciation and admiration for what others sacrifice can never be measured.
I encourage all of us to look around and seek out opportunities to provide others with safety and to thank those around us that do. Next time you are at the airport and are waiting in long lines, take time to thank the workers who are carefully seeking to keep you and your family safe. Instead of being frustrated at having to pull off for safety vehicles running lights and sirens, say thank you and say a prayer for them to remain safe wherever they are headed. Next time you see an aging person pushing a cart of groceries at the store, offer to help them or put their cart away in the parking lot for them.
It’s time for us to be grateful for our experiences of safety in our communities and to help those around us to stay safe. Reach out to those around you and pay it forward, rather than living in your own little world. We are a community. Let’s keep it a safe one!
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling.